March 29, 2013
Minnesota and Wisconsin fell in the first round of the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament this afternoon. The top-seeded Golden Gophers were bested by fourth-seeded Yale, 3-2, in overtime, while the fourth-seeded Badgers fell to top-seeded UMass Lowell, 6-1.
Minnesota rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime only to see the Bulldogs advance to the regional final with a goal just nine seconds into the added session. After Yale scored twice in the second with goals from Kenny Agostino and Gus Young, Minnesota picked up its pace in the third period. Nate Schmidt drew the Maroon and Gold within a goal with his ninth of the season at 8:12 of the third during a Minnesota power play and Zach Budish evened the contest with his 14th goal of the season at 13:40. Erik Haula assisted on both goals, setting a new career high with his 50th and 51st points of the year. Kyle Rau also assisted on Schmidt's power-play goal, marking just the second time this season that the sophomore tallied in a loss. In overtime, however, Yale would make the first and only shot of the session count as Jesse Root was set up by Kenny Agostino just nine seconds into the period for the game-winning goal. Minnesota Release
The journey came to end for Wisconsin, as the Badgers fell to UMass Lowell by a score of 6-1 inside the Verizon Wireless Center during the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Badgers entered the game having won six straight games, while outscoring their opponents by a margin of 24-to-11, but were held to just one third-period power-play goal by Nic Kerdiles. Holding a 7-to-1 advantage in odd-man rushes, six different River Hawks scored for UMass Lowell, which posted two goals in the second period and three scores over the final frame to seal the five-goal win. Wisconsin Release